Megan's Top Picks for Places to Eat in Sarasota

Best Places to Eat on the Island (Siesta Key) 

Sometimes finding good food in a tourist town is hard but we do have a few gems. I am a fan of family owned restaurants with a local feel. I hope you enjoy my suggestions! 

Cottage- You can enjoy your lunch or dinner on the front deck or back patio. I would describe the food as creative seafood with an Asian flare. 

The Hub- Pan-Latin fare & margaritas are the draws at this festive, tropical-themed eatery with live music. A great place to people watch as the sitting area is located on the main street where everyone walks. 

Sun Garden- You came here for the great weather and tropical feel. You can sit outside on the patio where you instantly get the feel your in paradise. The food is fresh and healthy and the staff is super friendly. 

Anna's Deli- Casual sandwich shop that has been serving Siesta Key for years. Located south end of Siesta Key. My favorite sandwich is the SouthSider on marble bread with the special Anna's sauce. 

Best Places off the Island ( Family Owned Establishments) 

Walt's Fish Market:  If your looking for a true Florida restaurant this is the right place for you. You can sit outside at the Tiki bar listen to music or you can sit inside. While you wait for your food you can check out what the fresh fish in the case. Sometimes you can see the fisherman pull in and unload their catch.  

Marcellos: A tiny Italian restaurant.  The owner cooks in an area in the dining room so you can see what he is cooking. They have the specials on the chalkboard. I always order what the chefs choice on the chalkboard. The table side Caesar salad is a must. 

Simon's Coffee House: If you enjoy fresh ingredients with a fun menu try Simons. They are open for breakfast and lunch. 

Favorite Downtown Sarasota Places to Eat

Indigenous Innovative, carefully sourced American cuisine served in a warm, sophisticated restored home. 

Boca : Cool atmosphere has a California vibe. I like sitting at the bar enjoying a cocktail and ordering a few appetizers.  The food is good the service is ok but still worth trying it. 

State Street: Popular, rustic-chic venue for craft cocktails, sandwiches & new American entrees. One of the best bars if you like the experience of a REAL crafter cocktail

Social Eatery & Bar: Love the VIBE and feel.  I usually order a hand crafted cocktail and pizza. 

Best Places To Eat on St. Armands

Colombia: Traditional Spanish restaurant, a branch of a long-standing local chain dating back to 1905. A great place to sit outside and people watch. I always order the paella. 

Shore: Oceanside diner with modern decor serving unique seafood dishes, burgers & salads plus cocktails.  The restaurant is on the second floor and open air themed atmosphere. On the first floor is a trendy Cali clothing store. 

Best Place on Longboat Key

Euphemia Haye Restaurant: Very Pricy- special type of place

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant:  fun place to sit outside old florida